Tracin’ Tracy

Tracin' TracySwing - Jazz - Postmodern

Swing – Jazz – Postmodern

Discovered they had an urge to be different and original. So rather than joining the mainstream jazz scene, they decided to create their own style…

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After years of playing in all kind of pop and rock cover bands, drummer Dennis Nederhof, bass player Sander Koole and guitarist Jasper Kuper inevitably turned to jazz.

In the city of The Hague one can easily just become a part of the flourishing jazz scene, but these gents discovered they had something else in common: an urge to be different and original. So rather than joining the mainstream jazz scene, they decided to create their own style and write their own songs.

Saxophone player Zane Massey was born in New York as the son of the legendary but barely documented trumpeter and composer Cal Massey, who composed for John Coltrane and Lee Morgan and other great names in jazz history.

Growing up around music it is no miracle that Zane developed into a formidable sax player himself. His forceful tenor can be heard on many known and lesser known recordings of – amongst others – Roy Campbell, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Sun Ra. As a leader Zane recorded two albums for the Delmark label: Safe To Imagine and Brass Knuckles.

It was a jam session what else? that brought Tracin’ Tracy and Zane together and it turned out to be a good match. The powerful saxophone was the perfect complement for the heavily soul and funk influenced jazz as played by Tracin’ Tracy. It was the song called Tracin’ Tracy, written by Blue Note guitarist Grant Green that gave the quartet it’s name. That is not completely coincidental, as Green’s laid back funky and groovy works are a source of inspiration for their own compositions.

Funk, soul, jazz and boogaloo are the key ingredients of their music. Improvisation and retrospective are characteristic elements. The goal is to play music everybody can feel but nobody can resist to dance on.

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